It maybe only looks convoluted because I wrote a bunch of words to try and describe/clarify it for you, other readers, and devs. I’m sorry, but I don’t know you so don’t know how good your imagination/visualization skills are. But some people struggle with that; which isn’t bad, but it’s just a part of life; and those people often just need to see/experience ideas in-action (rather than words) to understand or have it sink in. Design and technical documents are often much longer with their text descriptions than tweet-length forum posts, and that doesn’t make them convoluted. I have a feeling you’re latching onto the number of words I wrote and immediately labeling it as ‘convoluted’ just because of that, rather than trying to follow and truly visualize the concept. Next time you’re in-game, start making a wall and hold SHIFT or CTRL down. It isn’t hard or convoluted.
Queuing can still be SHIFT. The SHIFT and CTRL for wall-building would only get activated while you’re in the process of building a wall. Not sure how that is so unclear? (While you are holding the left-mouse button down to show the game where you are thinking about building a wall (which is present gameplay functionality), you could press SHIFT or CTRL depending on your desired shape and the preview shape would dynamically snap to where it would go, depending on where you drag your mouse. It doesn’t seem very different from ‘the salamander thing’, if I’m understanding the salamander thing well enough… just more predictable shapes and use of SHIFT and CTRL rather than middle-mouse wheel.)
Setting in Options would be an inflexible archaic way that doesn’t please everyone. Like I said, I like that the present way allows either L-shape or diagonal, depending on where and how you move your mouse. I can’t be the only person who is okay with it. Furthermore, if you lock it to “L” via Options menu, you then can’t make straight lines, and vice versa? How in the world is locking it down like that better than my idea, or the salamander thing at that, and pleasing to everyone?